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Venturi Backing Female Racing Talent

Susie Wolff wants to appoint a young female driver to Venturi in the near future….

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Venturi is set to test a young female driver in Riyadh this December and possibly utilize her in the team, according to its new team principal Susie Wolff.

Several female racers are set to test in Riyadh on Dec. 16, the day after the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season-opener in the Saudi Arabian capital.

Teams have been incentivized by being offered a second entry into the six hours of testing should they confirm a female driver in one of their seats.

Wolff also alluded to a female driver being part of the Venturi squad in a full-time role in the near future.

“This is something that we are fully committed to and I think it is a fantastic idea,” Wolff told e-racing365.

“You have to applaud Formula E and the Saudi promoters for coming up with the idea and actually I want to take it one step further, I don’t want to just have a girl in for one test day, I want to have one as part of our team.

“We want a commitment to show what Venturi believe in which is to promote and showcase young female talent on a competitive stage such as Formula E.”

Wolff, who will travel to Riyadh for a press conference and demonstration of the Gen 2 Formula E car next week, has also backed the series’ move to have a race in Saudi Arabia, a socially conservative nation which has only recently permitted women drivers.

“I’m very excited about going to Riyadh because it has really struck me how much change they are going through there and these positive steps that are being mad give a lot of hope,” said Wolff.

Legge, Floersch, al Qubaisi Linked to Tests

U.S.-based British driver Katherine Legge, Formula 3 driver Sophia Floersch and Amna al Qubaisi are all believed to be in discussions with teams about attending the test.

Legge, who started two E-Prix in 2014 for Team Aguri, will already be in Riyadh through her capacity as a driver in the new Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series.

Floersch has this season competed with Van Amersfoort Racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Emirati driver al Qubaisi, 18, is the daughter of sometime FIA World Endurance Championship entrant Khaled al Qubaisi.

She shares a sponsor, Kaspersky, with Virgin Racing, while Legge has several close contacts with the Formula E paddock through her brief time as a driver.

Riyadh E-Prix promoters are keen to showcase female driving talent at their event as it continues its social and economic modernization program under the Vision 2030 scheme.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for from 2014-17. Contact Sam



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    Old Trombone

    September 22, 2018 at 10:00 am


    There were women driving FE cars before Riyadh, and there will be women driving FE cars after Riyadh. What we won’t be having, however, is women driving FE cars AT Riyadh. And it’s all just an “unfortunate contract timing issue” isn’t it? Nope. If FE wants to avoid a viral nightmare, which admittedly is very random and not statistically probable, but just to be sure, shouldn’t they run one of the (at least 10) women who are faster than many of the men on the grid?

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    December 18, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    How do females apply to test for FE?

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      Sam Smith

      December 19, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Hi Emma. There is no real application process. The test last week brought together some top female drivers (some less so) together to try the cars.
      It wasn’t a female test exactly but more an opportunity by the promoters to showcase some talented females out there.
      We believe that at least three drivers will test again as a result of the initiative which has to be a good thing.

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